McAlester and the surrounding area have become the regional center for commerce, retail trade, culture, recreation and heritage in Southeast Oklahoma. McAlester is located at the crossroads of US Highway 69 north and south and US Highway 270 east and west. The Indian Nation Turnpike also serves the area and Interstate 40 is only 40 miles to the north.
The Greyhound and Jefferson Bus Lines service the area. The bus station is located at 301 South 3rd Street, Mcalester. For information about destinations or a bus schedule call the McAlester Bus Station 918-423-6600.
As a Class II shortline railroad that is uniquely suited to a business's needs. The Arkansas Oklahoma Railroad (A-OK) is a locally owned railroad and provides daily rail service. The railroad services the industrial park.
McAlester Airport - Local
Tulsa International – 98 miles
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) – 176 miles
Population: McAlester - 18,383
Pittsburg County – 45,837
Under 5yrs: 7.1%
Under 18 yrs: 22.1%
Age 18 – 64 yrs: 44.9%
Over 65 yrs: 15.7%
Housing Units: 7,685
Home Ownership: 61.1%
Median Home Value: $89,700
Median Household Income: $40,363
Property Tax: McAlester District - $74.38 per $1,000.00 assessed
Sales Tax: 9%
Cost of Living
Tulsa, OK 91.8%
McKinney, TX 104.7%
Denver, CO 110.9%
Dallas, TX 105.9%
Paris, TX 89.9%
Ft. Smith, AR 94.5%
A Historical Snapshot
1869 – James Jackson McAlester set up a trading firm near coal outcrops at the intersection of the California and Texas roads. Within 24 hours McAlester sold goods worth more than $19 before the lumber to build the store had even been taken out of the wagon. Quickly McAlester realized that business would be good in
1872 – Coal discovered in the area was tested and found to be the best grade of steam coal west of Pennsylvania. Plans were quickly made to begin harvesting the coal. The MK&T Railroad was built through this area and the station was named after J.J. McAlester.
1876 – Coal mining began to boom. A large group of Italians immigrated to this area to find honest work and a better life.
1904 – Realizing the importance of a strong business community, several prominent businessmen began a chamber of commerce to promote the growth of South McAlester.
1906 – McAlester and South McAlester united and become one booming city – known as McAlester.
1908 – William H. Busby finished the construction of the Busby Theatre. This theater was the biggest entertainment center in Indian Territory. One of the first performances at the theater was Ben Hur, which included a chariot race performed by two chariots being pulled by four white horses across the stage. This was one of many first-class productions that fueled enthusiasm for the theater in the southwest.
2010 – McAlester continues to thrive and grow with tremendous opportunities for businesses and family. With a 22 percent lower cost of living than the national average, it is easy to see why McAlester continues to be a great place to live, work and play!
McAlester Police Department is well prepared to protect and serve the McAlester community. The department has a Detective Division and a Narcotics Task Force and readily assists other local and state agencies when needed.
ACCRA Cost of Living Index
The ACCRA Cost of Living Index measures regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures, for professional and managerial households in the top income quintile. It is based on more than 50,000 prices covering almost 60 different items for which prices are collected quarterly by chambers of commerce, economic development organizations or university applied economic centers in each participating urban area. Small differences should not be interpreted as showing a measurable difference.
The composite index is based on six components – housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services.